and talked some more until
it was time to say good bye.
Ian asked if we could all say a prayer before we hung up. Jim said the prayer and I opened my eyes to see that Ian bowed his head as Jim was praying. I couldn't help but reach out to touch my son's shoulder as we were praying, it was as close as I could get to him even if it was just a computer screen. Elisa apparently snapped a picture of me.
Ian sounds completely committed to finishing out his mission working hard. He's happy, he's healthy and he's a servant of the Lord. I will be happy to see him again but I know how hard it will be for him to leave his mission when his time comes to say good bye.
We had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner
out on the back patio later on.
We had fabulous grilled salmon and
a wonderful butternut squash risotto dish that Gregory made.
Wade washed all my dishes for me.
Two good son-in-laws. :)
Emma made everyone happy just
by being so happy herself.
She asked what I wanted for Mother's day
and I told her "time with Dad."
She gave me a movie gift certificate
and a welcome sign.
Elisa spent a lot of time in the kitchen making food and preparing everything. She and Gregory were amazing. Gregory was in the kitchen for two hours preparing I think. He said he had a wonderful time. I finally napped on the couch for a few minutes while they were all in the kitchen fixing dinner. It was wonderful to nap while food was being prepared. It smelled so good. I never get to do that.
Gregory also always has very interesting stories to tell.
Nathan just loves the yard. A future soccer player maybe?
Elisa is a good aunt.
Seth was a bit tired from Senior Ball but we all had a good time.
Wade and Emma finally left about 10:20 as I spontaneously started to fall asleep. It was as lovely a Mother's Day as I can remember. Elisa, Sarah, and Emma were talking about how they would remember me in years to come. I said that all I wanted them to remember was that I loved them, I wanted them to feel my love for them, and I wanted them to be happy.
Thanks everyone. :)